Art for Impact celebrates arts capacity for social change. Our organization focuses on the following five objectives:
- Building communities
- Making connections
- Raising awareness through dialogue
- Motivating positive action and change
- Encouraging personal growth
where we came from
Art for Impact was formed in 2008 by Natalie Gan, Anna Kraulis and Alisa Stanton, who discovered their shared interest to merge art with broader social issues while studying in Simon Fraser University's dance program.
Having begun as a house concert fundraiser, Art for Impact has since observed steady development in the scale of its projects, reaching wider audiences and gaining a reputation in the arts community for its ambitious productions. The organization's core team has since expanded to include Andrew Haw (joined in 2010), Kevin Harding (2012), Rui Su (2012), Stephanie Johnston (2013), and Clinton Ackerman (2013. Art for Impact is now a registered non-profit organization. Completely volunteer-run, AFI has produced many interdisciplinary shows to date, raising funds for beneficiary organizations around the world that use the power of art to transform lives. Art for Impact is now expanding to pursue its mandate of art for social change through other avenues, including a workshop program that nourishes the practise socially-engaged artistic practise in the community at large.
afi's core team
Anna has been involved with Art for Impact since its creation in 2008, and it continues to inspire her artistic path. Her enthusiasm for merging art with environmental issues, activism and community building is the motivation behind most of her adventures.
Natalie is a Vancouver-based contemporary dance artist with a keen interest and passion for community arts-engaged practices. She co-founded Art for Impact in 2008 and continues to play a central role in producing the organization’s events. In her spare time, Natalie can be found making bizarre art in bizarre places.
Alisa is an arts enthusiast who enjoys events and projects the blur the boundaries between arts, health and community building. Alisa is one of the co-founders of Art for Impact and loves art not only for arts sake but because of the power of art to bring people and communities together. Alisa is also known for meeting musicians at bus stops and inviting them to play at Art for Impact events.
Andrew is a multimedia designer who was brought on by AFI to fulfill their need for technical support, frequently informing the team that they have requested one too many projectors. As a designer Andrew is well versed in working with artists and beneficiaries alike, and appreciates the importance of bringing the two worlds together.
Kevin is the most recent addition to the AFI team, but has long been an AFI supporter. Kevin brings education in public policy and political science, and a deep appreciation for the power that art has in making the world a better place, to work with AFI on communications work and relationship building with community members and supporters.
Rui was brought to AFI as a stage manager for Eye to I in June 2012, and AFI has been lucky enough to keep her fabulous skills around! Aside from stage managing, Rui is also working on a BFA of Theatre Production and Design at Simon Fraser University towards the professional field of stage design, including lighting, costumes and sets. She can also be found volunteering at Event Committee of Richmond Art Gallery and other Vancouver charity organizations.
High end residential concierge by day, tango dancer by night is how Stephanie lives her life. Art for Impact is thrilled to present their volunteer coordinator, Stephanie. She feels that art is best when it is collaborative, engaging and reflective. She is known for her lame puns, yellow colour obsession, and personable nature.
where we are going
Recently AFI has been expanding its programming, starting out with hosting a series of arts workshops for youth at the Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre. We’re looking forward to facilitating more creative exchanges to inspire socially-conscious artists and community members alike. Please help support us!